It rained all day yesterday. Seriously, all day. From morning until the middle of the night.

In thoughts on art, I read this quote the other day: "Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through." -Ira Glass


  1. I love this quote on art; I find it comforting. It makes me want to really start writing, just like I've said that I would start doing for, well, all my life. It also makes me want to take up painting again because I totally never got through that phase of "blah" work that didn't match up to my high ideals, so I quit.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Ooohh, I really like that quote. That is definitely why I've given up on so many things I think. Cause you know...I have great taste! ;) But I just haven't learned to execute it that well....Or haven't had the money to execute it that well...I think that is part of it too.

  3. That's a really interesting point of view, I think the most important thing is to never get complacent. I spent 2 years teaching myself to draw eyes.

  4. Great quote. I am queen of quitting when I can't measure up to my own standard. Take decorating, for instance. I can never make the room look like how it looks in my mind and it makes me so mad because it looks awesome in my head.

    After reading the old post and this one, I do have a bold question for you. Why do YOU care what beginners are doing? At least they like it, and are proud of it, and take joy in it. Who cares if they are overexposing their work (photography pun intended)? Let the beginners be. I don't mean to sound all crotchety and soap-boxy, but the fun of being an expert is looking back at your beginner days and saying, "What was I thinking??" Like the songs we wrote in the closet when we were nine.

  5. Dear Bee,
    I stumbled onto your blog and fell in love with your pictures. You do such a great job with them. I love the suitcases and baskets at the bottom. Also your style rocks. I hope you blog often because I would love to see more. That is all.

    The Book of Love

  6. This was a really great and true quote.

    And I'm sure I'm one of those people you are irritated by if you still visit my blog! But you gotta start somewhere, right? And a personal blog is a safe place to experiment.

  7. Ooh, I'm a fan of these lovelies.